Thanksgiving dinner: Where to find a free meal or turkey

Thanksgiving is coming up quickly, here's a list of a few places around Indianapolis to get free meals. (Photo provided/Getty Images)
Thanksgiving is coming up quickly, here's a list of a few places around Indianapolis to get free meals. (Photo provided/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means so is Thanksgiving dinner.

The holidays are stressful for some, even without the burden of preparing a full-course meal for the whole family. So, from churches to foodbanks, we have compiled a list of a few places around Indianapolis offering free turkeys or full meals for those who need an extra hand.

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BFA Turkey Day Giveaway

The Umbrella Center, 1061 E. Southern Ave. 

Nov. 21, 1-3 p.m.

The fourth annual BFA Turkey Day Giveaway provides families in need with a dinner that includes a large turkey, mashed potatoes, bread, canned vegetables, stuffing and dessert. Text 317-680-6165 to reserve a box for pickup.

Chef Borel’s Kitchen Free Community Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

Chef Borel’s Kitchen, 6950 Michigan Road 

Nov. 23, noon to 4 p.m.

On Thanksgiving Day, community members can stop by Chef Borel’s Kitchen to pick up free Thanksgiving meals. Food will be handed out through curbside pickup service only. Call or text your parking space number and how many meals you need when you arrive.

Good Samaritan Network Holiday Assistance

White River Christian Church, 1685 N. 10th St., Noblesville;
Sheridan Community Center, 300 E. 6th St., Sheridan;
St. Louis De Monfort, 11441 Hague Road, Fishers

Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Families in need can receive Thanksgiving dinner at these three Hamilton County Good Samaritan Network locations. Meals are drive-thru pickup only and first come, first served.

Indy Parks Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

Watkins Park, 2360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.

Nov. 19, 9 a.m.

Community members will hand out free Thanksgiving turkeys until they run out. To have your meal delivered, call 317-327-7175.

Jomo’s Prime Time Barbershop Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway

5050 E. 38th St. 

Nov. 22, 1 p.m.

Community members can come celebrate the holiday with Jomo’s Prime Time Barbershop and enjoy a free meal until supplies run out.

Mozel Sanders Foundation “Feed the Hungry”

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1301 N. Goodlet Ave.;
Roberts Park United Methodist Church, 401 N. Delaware St.;
Butler University, Atherton Union, 704 W. Hampton Drive

Nov. 23, 10 a.m.

Families can stop by one of these four volunteer locations on Thanksgiving Day to pick up a free meal while supplies last.

Thanksgiving Banquet Meals

Scott Hall, 250 Fairground St., Franklin

Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Thanksgiving Banquet Board will hand out Thanksgiving meals to community members. Meals are drive-thru pickup; homebound residents can set up delivery by calling 317-662-0199 or emailing

Turkey and Kuts

2110 W. 38th St.

Nov. 18, noon to 3 p.m.

H.O.P.S. Heart of Charity will give back to the community by giving away free turkeys and haircuts on Thanksgiving Day.

Contact staff writer Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848 or Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.